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School Board honors Tangent Elementary Student All Stars

Posted on: January 26, 2018

On Monday, the School Board honored Student All-Stars from Tangent Elementary School for earning the highest scores on the 2016-17 state assessments in language arts, math and science.

The students were introduced by Principal Gretchen Rayburn. Tangent students are (from left):

Layla Almason, fifth-grade English language arts and math: Layla is a dedicated student who always strived to do her best. She is an amazing dancer. She received the highest recognition in the area of language arts and mathematics.

Kyle Campbell, fifth-grade science: Kyle has a keen sense of humor and is always seeking out any science fact. He received the science award for 5th grade science at Tangent.

Noah Lopez, fourth-grade math: Noah is a hard worker who is proud of his family and farm and can take any situation and problem solve it. He is a leader at Tangent Elementary and is part of our student leadership team.

Abigail Ghio, fourth-grade English language arts: Abigail is a diligent student who puts her whole heart and soul into a project. She takes initiative to extend her thinking and apply her knowledge into her work. It has been a pleasure to watch her grow and succeed at such a high level.

Not pictured: Conner Bleaker, third-grade math and English language arts.


Attention teachers: Start planning for a Selco grant application

Posted on: January 24, 2018

SELCO Community Credit Union has announced application dates for their 2018 SPARK! Creative Learning Grants. Grants are available up to $1,000 for K-12 teachers.

“We love projects that spark something new and want to see proposals for helping kids create and teachers innovate.”

If interested, find details about grant requirements and scoring criteria on the Selco Community Credit Union website.

Please note the following dates:

August 15: Applications open
SELCO SPARK! Creative Learning Grants

September 30: Application deadline
SELCO SPARK! Creative Learning Grants

Visit for details and to apply.

“We can’t wait to see what innovative projects our teachers come up with this year.”

Tangent students welcome Dairy Princess on “Tiara Day”

Posted on: January 17, 2018

Tangent Elementary School students learned about dairy products from Linn and Benton Dairy Princess Stephanie Breazile this week. The princess visited the school at the request of kindergarten teacher Sadie Tempel, who is a former Linn and Benton County Dairy Princess.

Breazile is a student at OSU. Her family has a dairy in Hillsboro. She spoke to the students about proper nutrition, having dairy products in their diet, and how milk is produced and processed.

All students had a chance to meet Princess Stephanie. In honor of the event, Principal Gretchen Rayburn proclaimed it an unofficial Tiara Day at the school.

January is School Board Recognition Month. Thank you, School Board!

Posted on: January 9, 2018

Last night, Superintendent Golden thanked the School Board members for their service to GAPS students. He read the official Governor’s Proclamation and showed a video of students thanking the School Board for their service.

The Proclamation reads as follows:

WHEREAS: Oregonians rely on public education to ensure a prosperous quality of life and strong economic health for Oregon; and

WHEREAS: Locally elected boards fulfill leadership roles and serve as the conduit through which teachers, parents, businesses and conununities demonstrate the care, creativity and support that lead to student achievement; and
WHEREAS: Public schools nurture and train diverse student populations to the best of their ability, whatever the resources, to give students the knowledge, skills and opportunities they need to succeed; and

WHEREAS: Board members build the framework that makes it possible for education organizations to teach Oregon’s children; and

WHEREAS: The committed men and women who serve on the boards of Oregon’s 197 school districts, 19 education service districts and 17 community colleges deserve recognition and thanks for their dedication to the education needs of the people of Oregon.

NOW, THEREFORE: I, Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim January 2018 to be


See the official signed proclamation. 

Anti-bullying Task Force to hold two community forums, develop call to action

Posted on: January 5, 2018

A new Anti-Bullying, Anti-Harassment Task Force will meet in two community forums at the end of January and beginning of February to develop a plan to reduce behaviors that negatively impact our community and our schools.

The goal is to generate a community-based “call to action” in response to our common concerns related to these issues. The task force leaders include South Shore Principal Kraig Sproles, Calapooia Middle School Principal Gina Ayers, Albany Options Principal John Hunter, and District Human Resources Administrator Rich Sipe.

The purpose of the forums will be twofold.  First, we will work together to formulate an understanding of the scope and nature of bullying and harassment in our community, and second, we will develop a community “Call to Action” in response. This plan will be presented to the school Board for their review and consideration in March.

The community is invited to attend the two community forums.

  • The first forum will be on Wednesday, Jan. 24 at 6 p.m. at Albany Options School, 701 SE 19th Avenue (across the street from Sunrise Elementary School).
  • The second forum will be on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. at Albany Options School.

Each meeting is expected to last about 90 minutes.

Several community partners will be represented at the forums, including the Albany Police Department, Linn County Sheriff’s Office, Linn County Mental Health, the City of Albany, FACT, Albany Boys and Girls Club, CAP, local faith community, and the YMCA.